William J. Thoms in England - between late 18th Century and early 19th Century

from A Chapter on Clowns and such like comicalities, page 623:

If his [Joseph Grimaldi’s] drollery had at times a smack of vulgarity, a breadth of colouring, the smallest spice, as it were, of that ruder mirth in which our grandfather’s delighted, he did so varnish over it with his irresistible humour […]

 In none of his performances was this rare quality, which so distinguished Grimaldi from all other Clowns, more effectively manifested than in the pantomime Harlequin Gulliver which, to the best of our judgment, was one of his masterpieces. Cruickshank has immortalized the …   more >>

cite as

William J. Thoms, A Chapter on Clowns and such like comicalities. In Bentley's miscellany, volume 3 (1838), p. 623. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1521809114273 accessed: 15 June, 2024

location of experience: England


William J. Thoms
antiquarian, Writer

Listening to

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duet singing performed by Joseph Grimaldi

Experience Information

Date/Time between late 18th Century and early 19th Century
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Thoms' biographical sketch was published shortly after the death of Joseph Grimaldi (18 December 1778 - 31 May 1837), a famous entertainer of the Regency era and associated with Drury Lane Theatre, London.

Originally submitted by 5011Henning on Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:45:15 +0000
Approved on Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:55:50 +0100